Louann Brizendine, author of “The Female Brain,” examines the gulf between the sexes, this time from the male side. From the author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller The Female Brain, here is the eagerly awaited follow-up book that demystifies the puzzling. The cover of “The Male Brain” by psychiatrist Louann Brizendine, known for her bestseller “The Female Brain.” REUTERS/Broadway Books.

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Compounding this error, she also ignores the variation within each sex, and makes generalizations that apply only to neurotypical, extroverted, non-sensitive heterosexual cisgender men since the topic is gender, I can forgive the cisgender and maybe the heterosexual, but the rest? Most important takeaway I’ll never use: Inspired by Your Browsing History. Men also have larger brain centers for muscular action and aggression.

It offers samplings from neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, child development, brain imaging, and psychoneuroendocrinology. At one point, the author explicitly stated that a man couldn’t help looking at a woman’s breasts; sor I wanted to find something eye-opening or enlightening in this book. I liked this as much, if not more, than the Female Brain, since it helped clear up some confusion; Both books easy reads and even lacking scientific rigor, I think everyone could learn something by reading.

So does that mean these hormones affect me in an atypical way? On bbrizendine other hand, I wonder if I feel the effects of dopamine and oxytocin more than other men.

The behavioral influences of male and female hormones on the brain are major. By Louann Brizendine, M. However, with a husband and two little boys, learning about how the male brain works from infancy to old age was very fascinating.


Mar 23, Pages. It was funny to be reading a part and then have my boys or husband say or do something just like what I was reading.

Apr 05, Rachel rated it really liked it. In its worst example, it explicates romantic attraction as if it were basically just a matter of lining up pheromones and seeing what matches; it takes complex human interactions and tries to reduce them to simple chemistry.

The Male Brain

As I was reading this, I reflected on my own behavior and imagined my body producing these different chemicals to make me feel and do these different things. The Male Brain finally overturns the stereotypes.

If men are truly this weak willed and hormone ruled, I want to switch teams and join the lesbians. We also know that men have two and a half times the brain space devoted to sexual drive in their hypothalamus.

It was great to read a book about male behavior that was entirely positive philosophicallyas opposed to what I find to be much more common these days: It was a series of visits to the writer, and as she puts along her sentiments and her anecdotes, and her researches, she was able to narrate the genetics and the chemicals and all those scientific blah-blahs that makes the men tick.

Seems odd, since I’ve GOT one brain that is and presumptively would have less to learn. Maybe they can use mind over matter and not capitulate to every carnal, selfish, desire.

I was particularly entertained by the parts about genetic monogamy and voles. I can believe that men are hardwired to look at bazooms. I wanted to find something eye-opening or enlightening in this book. It rings very true to me. Did you know that teen boys find their mother’s smell to be disgusting? About Louann Brizendine, M. By eight weeks after conception the tiny male testicles begin to produce enough grizendine to marinate the brain and fundamentally alter its structure.


I guess it’s rather illustrative of how little it stuck in my brain. As a result, scientists have recorded a catalog of genetic, structural, chemical, hormonal and processing brain differences between women and men. But for now, it feels deeply unsettling to be told that because I don’t like sports, have intense emotions, and am sensitive to loud noises, this means that my brain is not truly a “male brain”.

It was also interesting to find myself relating to certain ways in malr “the male brain” behaves, to be thinking, “I know what that’s like! I think that this book, along with The Female Brain should be read by every parent, child, husband, wife, employer, employee, and dating age adult — they bring love and understanding into our most important, and sometimes most frustrating relationships.

I completely understand the criticism. That’s obvious enough to half of us.

The Male Brain by Louann Brizendine

Once a man’s love and lust circuits are in sync, he falls just as head over heels in love as a woman — perhaps even briezndine so. It explores primatology, animal studies, and observation of infants, children, and teens, seeking insights into how particular behaviors are programmed into the male brain by a combination of nature and nurture. I enjoyed this book.